After being rumored to be after Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea, the San Francisco 49ers have gone ahead and locked him up to t a four-year deal. According to Matt Barrows from the Sacramento Bee, the Niners have reached an agreement with Bethea and will sign him to a new contract as soon as he lands in the Bay Area.
Hearing that #49ers have reached agreement with Antoine Bethea on a four-year deal.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 11, 2014
The move helps counteract the loss of Donte Whitner, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as soon as free agency opened. Given the lightning quick nature of the deal with Bethea, the Niners were expecting to lose Whitner and already and a replacement plan in place.
Adding the veteran Bethea is a great move by the Niners, as they’ve added another veteran presence both on defense and to mentor Eric Reid. Bethea may not be a young man anymore, but he’s clearly useful enough for the Niners to throw a nice sized long-term deal his way.